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Sloan looks set to run in Alberta

“As you know I’m in Alberta right now… And I’m not leaving,” Derek Sloan said

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Notorious MP Derek Sloan looks like he will run federally in the Calgary area.

Ontario MP Sloan – booted out of the Conservative Caucus earlier this year – is holding an announcement Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Cochrane, in the riding of Banff-Airdrie.

Since he was punted from caucus to sit as an Independent, Sloan has travelled to Alberta several times to gauge support of what he would call a new party. Meetings he had had in the Calgary area have drawn hundreds of supporters.

“As you know I’m in Alberta right now… And I’m not leaving,” Sloan said in a social media posting about his event at the Cochrane Curling Club.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to put Faith, Family and Freedom first again in the country.

“Together we can Make Alberta Great Again.”

It’s not clear which party Sloan would run for, if any.

The riding is currently held by two-term Tory Blake Richards.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole asked his MPs to expel Sloan out of the Tory caucus after he accepted a $131 leadership donation from what he says is a “well-known” Canadian neo-Nazi, Paul Fromm.

“Derek Sloan’s acceptance of a donation from a well-known white supremacist is far worse than a gross error of judgment or failure of due diligence,” O’Toole said at the time.

A high-ranking Tory source told the Western Standard the move against Sloan was an attempt to stop an attempt by him and ally Campaign Life to stack the March Conservative convention with delegates.

In August of last year, while running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Sloan accepted a $131 donation from Paul Fromm.

However, most candidates do not know who most of their smaller donors are.

The $131 donation constitutes approximately 0.01 per cent of the $1.3 million Sloan raising during the Conservative leadership race.

In a post to Twitter, Sloan said he had no idea where the donation came from, but did note the federal party headquarters took their 10% cut as they processed the donation.

Fromm is a founder of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform, has appeared at far-right protests and has been the subject of police investigations.

Sloan, the MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, came in fourth place in the Tory leadership campaign.

He was eliminated after the first round of voting in the four-person race getting 27,278 votes, almost 16% of the total.

There have been calls in the past to remove him from caucus over his comments on gay rights.

Before the caucus vote, O’Toole had taken to Twitter to say there is no room for ‘far-right’ ideology in his party.

The Western Standard will live stream Sloan’s event Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    August 20, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Sloan, another Ottawa AGENT. Ignore him. He just wants to lift papers. Anywhere, but to just lift papers.

  2. TimothyS

    August 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    I’m very impressed by the smart comments on here, particularly from MATT C.
    Due to some outliers, in the last federal election independent candidates garnered about twice the votes (only 1%!) of small party candidates. But the fundamentals of politics are the energy, and I saw energy at Sloan’s rally in Cochrane. The demographic skews older than optimum, but these are activists, and serious people with serious investments in their community.

    Matt C was subtle, but he made an observation of realism which you can’t write off. We need truly fearless leaders, who are not simply fearless in spouting party poll-tested rhetoric. Judge him by his actions, not his words, but this represents a much more fundamental shift than the self-destructively terms “progressive” “conservative” (!?) party.

  3. Wesley

    August 19, 2021 at 9:53 am

    We need Derek Sloan in Ottawa to speak on behalf of Conservatives that are sick of the hypocrisy of the CPC that kicks out MPs that challenge them. Derek did not hold back about the Covid lockdown corruption while others were silent.

  4. Bill Mccann

    August 19, 2021 at 9:19 am

    PPC👍

  5. j n

    August 19, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Fed = Maverick Party
    Prov = WIPA

  6. Dennis

    August 19, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Derek, preaching to the choir in Alberta will do zip on Election Day. If you really believe in what you’re saying, pack your bags, move to Alberta and align yourself with the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta in 2023. That, my friend is Alberta’s last stand. There is no future for Alberta to remain part of a dysfunctional system that is rigged against us.

  7. Eldon

    August 19, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I would encourage all Westerners to read the Maverick Party two track platform. It is reasonable and exactly what the West needs. A party to truely represent the West! Without worrying what the eastern vote will think.

  8. berta baby

    August 18, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    I hope he wins …. He should be PPC but whatever he’s a fighter

  9. Rigpig

    August 18, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    The only hope is for a western only friendly party to get elected in the western, to run the table, maybe that could be the Maverick Party, and then with that position to start extricating the west from the greater Canadian sh*thole at large.

  10. Matt C

    August 18, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Racial Nationalism has nothing to do with being left or right on the political spectrum.
    Japan and China are proof of that….two countries that have a form of racial nationalism with very different political ideologies.

    Linking the “right” with racism is a smear job perpetrated by the left. Politicians on the right who fall for that narrative are continually on the defensive.

    O’Tool showed that he can be controlled by the media.

  11. RW

    August 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Sloan should have just joined PPC, except he wanted to be leader.
    Now we have 4 different parties to split the right voters up.
    Maverick, PPC, True North, and PC.
    .
    At this rate, the bloody NDP will win & destroy AB?
    Too many cooks spoil the broth.

  12. Left Coast

    August 18, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    “In August of last year, while running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Sloan accepted a $131 donation from Paul Fromm.” ? ? ?

    The Conservative Party accepted the donation . . . Sloan had no way of knowing who or where it came from. O’Foole calling him “Far-Right” is just insane!
    I have always been amuzed by that rhetoric, a far-rightest wants even More Freedom, even Lower Taxes and even Smaller Govt . . . lol . . . and no Fascists are Socialists and Marxists!

    O’Toole had a campaign manger that called for Sharia Law in Ontario a decade ago . . . Karahelios got dumped from the Leadership Campaign for Pointing Out this FACT!

    Sloan should align himself with Max Bernier & the Peoples’ Party . . . starting another party is just not going to fly in 2021.

  13. Steven

    August 18, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Mr. Sloan, Western Canada has a new party it’s called the Maverick Party. Your vision is for all of Canada, in your new party. Mavericks vision is for Western Canada who will only run candidates in BC, AB, SK, MB, & Territories.

    You Mr. Sloan can’t represent the Western Canada & still be beholden to Quebec & Ontario. The CPC has shown this to be true.

    We need Mavericks in Ottawa & not another Eastern opportunist picking and choosing his best place to get elected.

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BC top doc says declining vaccine protection over time means more boosters needed

Data from Israel — which has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 infections since June 2021, despite a high vaccination rate — showcases the transient nature of the jabs efficacy.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has a Christmas present for British Columbians, and no, it’s not thousands of health-care workers getting their livelihood back — but rather: more COVID shots.

Health authorities announced Tuesday that COVID-19 booster vaccines will soon be available to the general population, making BC the first province in Canada to do so.

The announcement comes less than one week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ensured nationwide booster shots for the coming years.

The province says “BC’s elderly and most at-risk” will be prioritized through the December holiday, but as of January 2022, boosters will be available for all British Columbians 12 and older.

Those registered in the Get Vaccinated System will receive a notification when it’s time for a booster jab, roughly 6-8 months after their previous dose.

“Our vaccines are highly effective. However, we are starting to see a gradual decline in protection over time. As a result, we are taking the proactive step of expanding boosters to everyone in our province,” said Henry.

Data from Israel — which has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 infections since June 2021, despite a high vaccination rate — showcases the transient nature of the vaccines efficacy.

Israel’s response, in an attempt to get cases down again, was to require booster shots after six months of one’s second dose in order to be considered “fully vaccinated.” Now officials in Israel are discussing the need for dose number four.

In BC, booster shots will not be included in the BC Vaccine Card for access to various settings — at least not yet — but the number of British Columbian’s lacking trust in the governments word grows steadily.

In May, 2021, Henry said “there is no way that we will recommend inequities be increased by the use of things like vaccine passports for services with public access here in British Columbia.”

Fast forward five months — vaccine passports are now enforced with no medical or religious exemptions, non-compliant businesses are being shut down, and workers are being removed from their jobs by the thousands for not getting the shot.

“I bet most politicians in Canada would admit that even they were surprised how malleable much of the public has proven to be,” writes political columnist, Spencer Fernando.

“No amount of hypocrisy or shifting narratives seems to stop a large number of Canadians from succumbing to fear-based appeals on the ‘need’ to restrict our rights and freedoms.”

Whether or not the fear is justified remains a point of vigorous dispute among scientists — with some focusing on the accuracy of BC’s testing methods when it comes to the data surrounding COVID deaths, hospitalizations, and positive cases as a whole.

“We don’t differentiate people that have died from COVID and have died with it,” said Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance in an interview with the Western Standard.

Pelech argues the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are poorly done in BC due to a high cycle threshold (CT), which as a result yields a high percentage of false positives, thus crediting an inflated number of deaths to COVID.

The PCR test is a tool often used in medical and biological research labs to detect the presence or absence of a gene, and while the test can detect the presence of a virus if you are infected, it can also detect fragments of the virus post infection.

The higher the CT, the more likely it is to pick up fragments of inactive viral DNA.

“They may very well have the remnants of the viruses genetic material that they breathe in, or they may have already recovered from COVID,” said Pelech.

In contrast to Pelech’s words, Medical Director of the BCCDC, Dr. Mel Krajden says a high CT is necessary when using the PCR tests, arguing that despite a potential for false positives, it is needed to detect early infection.

“People don’t understand that in early infection you will get at very high CT a very low viral load, and then as the infection progresses you get a high viral load and a low CT,” Krajden told the Western Standard.

The test, however, does not differentiate between what may be an early infection vs what may be genetic debris that poses no threat.

“High levels of amplification increase your chances of picking up garbage, that’s the problem,” said Pelech.

“If you’re around 38 cycles, maybe one out of 10 results at that level is accurate, whereas the rest can be false positives.”

Krajden said the CT varies across jurisdictions in BC, but confirmed it is “typically in the range of 35-42,” and sometimes mid-40’s.

The province does not take the probability of false positives into account when reporting its COVID data.

Krajden said that regardless of how the PCR test is administered, the point of focus should be from a population prevention perspective, specifically vaccination — hence the booster shots.

“The single most effective way of shutting down this pandemic is having a population that is immune,” said Krajden.

“The vaccines protect people from severe disease and death, and they do an excellent job at doing that.”

While the actual level of protection against COVID-19 one obtains upon getting vaccinated is debated, it is widely agreed upon that the shots efficacy wanes over time — and that the class of antibodies produced by the jab do not prevent propagation of the virus within the airways.

Krajden did say that a vaccinated individual can be asymptomatic and have a high viral load — further confirming that vaccinated people spread the virus, often unknowingly.

“After vaccination you have lots of IgG antibodies in your circulation and there is not much at the site where the virus comes in, so you can receive and transmit,” said Pelech.

“And as for being a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’… nonsense. Total nonsense.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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UCP MLA Aheer demands Kenney resign, praises sex scandal whistleblower

“I want to take a moment to applaud her (Ariella Kimmel) for her strength and to demand the resignation of the premier. This is a failure of leadership and a failure of being human.”

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Alberta UCP MLA Leela Aheer (Chestermere-Strathmore), has blasted Jason Kenney in a press conference and demanded the premier step down.

In a statement of claim, former chief of staff, Ariella Kimmel, detailed her time in a “poisoned work environment” and spoke of sexual harassment and the excess drinking she witnessed while working in the Legislature under Kenney’s government.

None of her allegations have been proven in court.

“I want to say how very sorry I am for Ariella who has a tremendous amount of courage and strength to be able to share her story,” said Aheer during a press conference Wednesday, following the explosive allegations Kimmel brought against the premier’s office.

“When somebody like her takes a step forward to say what happened to her and to come forward with the truth of this level, it makes us all take a pause about many things,” said Aheer.

“I want to take a moment to applaud her for her strength and to demand the resignation of the premier. This is a failure of leadership and a failure of being human.”

Aheer, former Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and the Status of Women, said Kimmel was her “lifeline to the premier’s office” calling her competent, strong and beautiful and said she “deserved to be treated with a completely different level of respect.”

“On behalf of anyone — and this is not a political issue, it’s not a particular party issue — this is an issue of people. It’s an issue of how we treat people who are coming forward with honesty and integrity about what has happened to them.”

Numerous tweets in response are calling on Aheer to “cross the floor” to join the NDP.

Richard Fantin tweeted: “A ‘strong woman’ or really strong person, would not continue to support a party that literally uses harassment as a matter of public relations policy. If you were ‘strong’ you wouldn’t need the UCP to back you and would have left long ago.”

“Cross the floor. Please,” tweeted former broadcaster Alicia Hope-Ross.

Aheer replied: “I’m sure people would be fine if I crossed the floor today. That would be completely understandable, but what does that do?

“I have a responsibility to stay put, make change, make it happen and call it out when it happens.”

When asked if she would launch a leadership bid to replace Kenney should he step down, Aheer said: “It would be completely self-indulgent to think about a leadership race at this time. It’s more important to make sure we get through COVID, but that doesn’t mean he (Kenney) has to be there.”

“Right now we can put an interim leader in, we have many many competent people in the ministry right now who can easily carry that forward until we get through COVID.” 

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UCP MLA claims Kenney knew about toxic workplace allegations

Kimmel’s lawsuit alleges sexual harassment and heavy drinking by ministers and staff in the premier’s office, which is responsible for overseeing ministries, CBC reported.

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A former UCP cabinet minister says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney knew about allegations of a toxic work environment in his government that included sexual harassment and heavy drinking.

“Ariella Kimmel is an incredible and courageous women (sic). Premier Kenney – you knew! Step down! ” tweeted Leela Aheer, UCP MLA for Chestermere-Strathmore.

Aheer was commenting on a lawsuit filed by Kimmel who claims she was fired after speaking out.

Kimmel’s lawsuit alleges sexual harassment and heavy drinking by ministers and staff in the premier’s office, which is responsible for overseeing ministries, CBC reported.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Kimmel has worked with the UCP government since May 2019, most recently as the chief of staff to the minister of jobs, economy and innovation from August 2020 until she was fired in February.

The statement of claim says Kimmel witnessed Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen drinking with other ministers and staff and appeared “heavily intoxicated.”

Kimmel had an on-and-off relationship with Dreeshen prior to being appointed chief of staff in 2020,” the CBC report said.

She alleges after expressing her concern about how much Dreeshen had been drinking, she was confronted by the minister who “aggressively yelled at her to the point where she was in tears and a concerned bystander intervened.”

The statement also points to another incident two days later where another group was drinking in the minister of health’s office. Kimmel alleges the minister’s principal advisor, Ivan Bernardo, made sexually inappropriate comments to one of her female staff members.

Kimmel claims her report of the exchange to Chris Thresher, chief of staff in health, and the premier’s director of issues management, Matt Wolf, went unanswered for close to a month.

On November 17, Kimmel was asked to meet with Kenney’s principal secretary, Larry Kaumeyer where she shared about her interaction with Dreeshen and the sexual harassment by Bernardo.

Kimmel said she was told by Kaumeyer that Bernardo was “not going to be fired” but would be leaving his position at the end of the year anyway. Kimmel said her other concerns were not addressed. Kaumeyer is no longer working in the premier’s office.

Kenney’s chief of staff, Pam Livingston, sent a statement to the CBC.

“Sexual harassment is abhorrent and has no place in our workplace and society,” Livingston wrote.

“This government has zero-tolerance for harassment and takes all allegations of this nature very seriously. We are fortunate to have a highly skilled and diverse public service and we are committed to providing a safe and productive workplace for all of them.”

Kenney’s office says they cannot comment as it is a confidential human resource matter and added that Kimmel’s termination was unrelated to the allegations raised in her lawsuit.  

Kimmel was terminated on February 5 even though she has been told by Kaumeyer she would not be fired for bringing her concerns forward. She is seeking more than $399,000 for damages and the salary owed to her until her contract would have expired in May 2023.

Kimmel says she is unaware of any formal investigation launched by the premier’s office surrounding her complaint brought forward against Bernardo, who has since resigned in December 2020 to return to practicing law.

Damages Kimmel is claiming in the lawsuit include: “poisoned work environment,” fabricating and spreading rumours against her, failing to implement a robust sexual harassment policy, terminating her employment in reprisal, causing mental distress and reputational harm, and affecting her future employment opportunities.”

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